GP surgeries are to begin administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as the UK faces a race to protect the population after the daily reported death toll topped 1,000.
The drive to mass vaccinate the population will take a considerable step forward as the NHS in England said the jab would be rolled out from GP surgeries from Thursday.
The development comes after the UK reported a further 1,041 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday – the highest daily reported total since April 21.
– Labour MP’s gratitude as she returns home from hospital
A Labour MP has expressed her gratitude after she returned home following treatment in hospital for coronavirus.
Jo Stevens said she “cannot begin to describe my gratitude to the wonderful people who have cared for me in hospital.
I cannot begin to describe my gratitude to the wonderful people who have cared for me in hospital. They are truly exceptional.
I feel so fortunate to be back home knowing that for so many families, it has been a very different situation.
— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) January 6, 2021
The member for Cardiff Central – and shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport – was said on December 31 to have been “laid low with Covid for a while”.
A previous update to her condition on Saturday saw messages of support from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who called Ms Stevens “a dear friend and colleague”, while Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “All of our thoughts and best wishes are with Jo for a speedy recovery.”